This clip is part of the Arthur H. Virtue collection. Arthur H. Virtue is the primary filmmaker in this collection. His daughter, Virginia Errichetti is the current custodian of the family films. This collection was conserved and digitally transferred through a grant awarded to Virginia Errichetti by the Al Larvick Conservation Fund in partnership with its sponsor Pro8mm. For more information about this collection, visit https://www.allarvickfund.org/films-of-arthur-h-virtue/
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The main family members captured in this collection are:
Father/Filmmaker: Arthur H Virtue 4/1/1914 - 12/31/1986
Wife/Mother: Virginia Florence Magowan 3/2/1918 - 7/23/2005
Daughter: Lois Jean Virtue
Son: Arthur Magowan Virtue
Nephew: James Albert Virtue
Son: Vance Charles Virtue
Niece: Wendy Martin Virtue
Daughter: Virginia (Jini) Lyn Virtue Errichetti
Others in this footage include Minnie (Wilimina) Leticia Hagen, Arthur’s mother-in-law, Minnie (Wilimina) Leticia Hagen and Martha Agnes Kennedy 1874-1960, Arthur’s mother. Additional family members include Arthur’s grandchildren, Vicki, David, Lynn, and Diane. Arthur’s hometown was Northfield, New Jersey, a small town not far from Atlantic City where he worked on the boardwalk.
Collection title: The Films of Arthur H. Virtue
Original format: Super 8 & 8mm film, color, black & white, silent.
Digital format: Footage captured at a standard definition format of 720 x 486 resolution.
Collection size: Approx. 8000ft
Circa: mid 1950s - mid 1980s
Arthur enjoyed “playing around with film and photography,” often shooting trick shots and animating objects and titles for his film. He built a darkroom in the cellar and would often experiment with double exposures and overlays. He also inadvertently became a historical filmmaker as he documented his time working in Atlantic City during the 30’s – 70’s and the many trips the family would take to New York City, Philadelphia, and other areas along the eastern seaboard. He built a frame to hold his Super 8 camera and would shoot miles of the highway as he drove.
Christmas 1972. (0:14) We see Jini in front of the Christmas tree (revealed by Arthur slowly lifting his hand from in front of the camera). Her cousin Wendy is on the couch opening presents and examining a new plaid skirt. (1:10) Jini gets some new sneakers. (1:42) We see the Christmas decorations on the fireplace. (1:52) Christmas lights on the outside of the house. (1:58) Wendy tries out a new outfit while Jini shows off hers. (2:23) Jini holds up some green bottles that she received. (2:47) Camera zooms in on a box that says “MODEL 803.” Then we see Jini with her cat Tiger. “I loved that tomcat,” writes Jini. (3:27) Shot of the Christmas tree in the living room as the lights change color. (4:27) Jini and Wendy in the living room. Wendy tries on some new pink fuzzy slippers. The camera then zooms in on Virginia who “looks exhausted” lying on the couch. Jini examines a blue and while dress and tries it on. (6:49) Jini gives Duke his new squeaky toy which he unwraps. “They would only last a couple of hours before he chewed out the squeak,” writes Jini. (7:40) Now a shot of the boys in the living room opening their presents. (8:21) Duke playing with his toy. (8:24) One of the boys opens a gift excitedly. (8:48) Jini plays with Duke and Tiger on the floor. (9:00) The whole family, including Jini’s sister (with her youngest niece, born in May that year) and grandmother, in the living room. One of the cousins opens what appears to be a Barbie doll or something similar and a chipmunk doll. (11:15) All the kids on the floor in the living room. Jini’s nephew opens up a toy that says “Swing Along” on the box. He hugs Virginia tightly. One of the kids opens up a new shirt and plaid pants and goes to kiss Virginia with gratitude. (12:32) Jini’s sister applying lipstick. (12:43) She opens up a new clothing item at the dinner table. Her husband opens what appears to be a model ship and suitcase.
(13:25) A title card for 1973. (13:35) A postcard photo of Christmas. (13:41) The tree and Jini walking down the stairs. She’s holding some sort of mouse toy. She grabs the first gift and begins unwrapping. The first gift is a new dress. (15:12) Once again, Duke receives his new squeaky toy. (15:55) Wendy in the living room. (16:20) The kids are all in the living room, one of them opens a toy train. Jini’s niece holds up a Beauty Parlor Hairdressing Set and we see Jini’s grandmother on the couch. “She looks good for 85,” writes Jini. Her nephew receives some cash. (17:59) Jini plays with her youngest niece on a toy snake bike.
(18:10) A title card that reads: “May 29, 1974. Jinny’s Band Banquet at the Holiday Inn.” (18:20) Jini comes down the stairs. She is 15 with contacts and bright blue eye shadow. She wears a dress and does a twirl for the camera.
(19:12) Now we have footage of Jini’s adopted cousin Lucille and her family. “My father’s younger brother (not Wendy and Jimmy’s father) adopted Lucille when he came back from WWII,” writes Jini. “There was talk of a family scandal that he was her biological father.” She has lost touch with her since then. We see them in the living room, playing around.
(19:56) Title card: “Greetings of the Seasons.” The year 1974 comes into view. (20:05) Shot of the Christmas tree in the living room. (20:50) Jini sits on the couch. She now has braces, which Virginia had to go to work to pay for. She holds up her gifts to the camera. (21:15) Camera pans across the living room. (21:34) Jini and her mother and grandmother in the living room surrounded by gifts. Her grandmother holds up some sort of locket or necklace. (22:16) Jini shows off a blue robe. (22:25) Duke gets his squeaky toy which appears to be shaped like a pipe. (22:54) Wendy shields her eyes from the light of the camera while she opens her stocking. (23:25) We see Jini’s oldest brother, now married, with his wife Nancy who smokes. The whole family sits in the living room. (24:53) One of the family members gets a new hanging plant. (25:01) Another shot of the family in the living room. Jini’s grandmother looks overwhelmed. (25:38) Cousin Jimmy opens a new shirt. (25:48) Jini’s oldest brother opens up what appears to be shampoo. (26:13) Jini’s sister opens a new calendar.